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Food & Farms- Kane County
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Jun 272016
 

Mighty Greens - Carlos & Katie

Since launching Mighty Greens Farm in 2014 Carlos and Katie Palomares have grown their local farm and produce business with new infrastructure and are reaching more local restaurants and consumers. The farm, located off Hughes Rd. near Elburn, has developed a reputation for using its greenhouse space to grow veggies year round.

Mighty Greens quickly outgrew its first greenhouse after just one year of business. The second greenhouse almost doubles the size of the first, standing at 30 by 78 feet long and 13 feet tall.

“People just love their greens,” Carlos said. “We are already considering a third greenhouse. Our business tells us if we need to grow, and it’s looking like we might need to do that … we’re thrilled about the opportunity.”

Mighty Greens is not your typical farm. It’s known for the microgreens and petite greens grown year-round in heated greenhouses.

A microgreen is a plant that’s harvested young – six days at Mighty Greens – after the first two leaves (or cotyledons) have come up. Petite greens, which are also popular with Mighty Greens’ clients, are larger in size. Their petite mix is the most popular seller.

Carlos explained choosing to grow microgreens was a smart business decision because “you save a lot of money on watering and space, which in turn helps you make more money.”

“What we’re doing is not just a business … We do it because we believe in the product we grow and want to help create that new lifestyle for people,” Carlos said. “We want to be the ones to be able to give people the option to eat locally grown greens year round.”

This article was originally posted in the Kane County Chronicle. For more info on Mighty Greens, visit the farm website.

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6/1/2016 Food Preservation Workshop Sponsored by The Just Food Initiative

The Just Food Initiative of the Fox Valley will be sponsoring a free hands-on demonstration for community members. The event will showcase food freezing and dehydrating techniques presented by John and Char Johnson-Dunlop, who will be sharing their years of experience preserving foods. Attendees will receive special discounts on freezing and dehydrating supplies. Attendance is […]

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4/14/2016 Four Seasons Gardening Program

The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway in April. In the first session, Extension Specialist David Robson will share water conservation tips and techniques, as well as information about the latest in watering equipment. Water can be […]

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3/15/2016 Kane County Hosts Beekeeping Town Hall Meeting

The Kane County Planning Cooperative hosted a beekeeping town hall meeting on February 11th to discuss the county’s role in supporting healthy bee populations and working with the region’s community of beekeepers. The meeting was organized in part as a response to isolated incidents of swarming on residential properties. Kane County staff highlighted some of […]

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3/7/2016 USDA Grant will help to bring more local foods to Kane County schools

Seven Generations Ahead is one of 74 projects in 39 states that received support through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program, in an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers. The Kane County Health Department and SGA received a $85,767 implementation grant that will impact […]

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3/3/2016 Master Gardeners Help Desk Open for the Season

It might seem hard to believe with today’s weather, but spring is right around the corner, which means it is time for the Kane County Master Gardener Help Desk to open for the 2016 season. Beginning in March, trained volunteers can field questions on trees, shrubs, lawns, flowers, vegetables and more. “Winter storm damage, lawn […]

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